STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1302
RE: S.B. No. 367
Honorable Scott K. Saiki
Speaker, House of Representatives
Thirtieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2019
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Energy & Environmental Protection, to which was referred S.B. No. 367, S.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to prohibit food service businesses and stores from selling, using, or distributing polystyrene foam containers, expanded polystyrene food service products, plastic straws, and plastic bags.
The Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Council Member representing District 7 of the Hawai‘i County Council, Ocean Friendly Restaurants Hawaii, Kona Brewing Company, Waikiki Brewing Company, Sierra Club of Hawai‘i, Dolphin Quest, Midnight Bear Breads, What it Dough, Morning Brew Cafe, Banan, Pioneer Saloon at Kakaako, Kalapawai Market & Cafes, O‘ahu County Committee on Legislative Priorities of the Democratic Party of Hawai‘i, Zero Waste O‘ahu, Keiko Conservation, No Single-Use Hawaii, Olsen Pacific Consulting, Temple Children, Kōkua Hawai‘i Foundation, Nalu Health Bar & Cafe, Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii, Strawai‘i Bamboo Straws Made in Hawaii, the Nook Neighborhood Bistro, Mahina and Suns, Surf News Network, Sail Hawaii International LLC, Hawai‘i Reef and Ocean Coalition, Surfrider Foundation, Surfrider Foundation O‘ahu Chapter, Surfrider Foundation Kauai, Stacey G Jewelry, Kailua Beach Adventures, Free Access Coalition, Hongwanji Betsuin Buddhist Temple, and many individuals supported this measure. The Department of Environmental Services of the City and County of Honolulu and City and County of Honolulu Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency supported the intent of this measure. Island Plastic Bags Inc., KYD, Inc. dba K. Yamada Distributors, Hawai‘i Restaurant Association, Reynolds Recycling, Jets Fast Food, Stadium Pho, Papa's Cafe, Waiahole Poi Factory, American Chemistry Council, Pho Tri Restaurant, Cooke Street Diner, Queen Street Cafe & Grill, the Hibachi, Nabeya Maido, LoCo MoCo Drive Inn-Ewa Beach, Wiki Wiki Drive Inn-Waterfront Plaza, Retail Merchants of Hawaii, Honolulu County Republican Party, and many individuals opposed this measure. The Department of Health, Hawaii Food Industry Association, Cheeseburger Restaurants Inc., Shiro's Saimin Haven, and an individual provided comments.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Applying the prohibition on sale and use to only polystyrene foam food service containers and making conforming amendments;
(2) Deleting language which provided for penalties for violation of this measure;
(3) Deleting language that would have allowed preemption by more restrictive county ordinances;
(4) Changing its effective date to July 1, 2100, to encourage further discussion; and
(5) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for clarity, consistency, and style.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Energy & Environmental Protection that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 367, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 367, S.D. 1, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committees on Consumer Protection & Commerce and Judiciary.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Energy & Environmental Protection,
NICOLE E. LOWEN, Chair